Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

HPA Tech Retreat Unveils Main Conference Program


The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced details for the main conference program of the upcoming 2023 HPA Tech Retreat, now in its 28th year. Taking place February 20-23, the event will return to the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. Registration for the event is now open.

A bellwether gathering of the most prominent creatives, technologists and executives leading the future of entertainment technology and content creation, the HPA Tech Retreat is composed of TR-X (Monday), the Supersession (Tuesday), and the main conference program (Wednesday and Thursday), which anchors the four-day conference with a curated series of presentations focused on the most exciting, pressing, and fascinating issues confronting the industry today.

Mark Schubin, who has steered the Tech Retreat Conference program for two and a half decades, said, We received a true abundance of riches this year. Not only were there more proposals than ever, but they were of exceptionally high quality. Look for presentations from four major studios talking about some of the most important projects. You will see presentations on immersive entertainment like MSG Dome, as well as virtual production, security, and cloud technologies.

Sessions for the 2023 HPA Tech Retreat main conference sessions will include:

Wednesday, February 22

Technology Year in Review Mark Schubin

What CES 2023 Means for the Media Industry Mark Harrison, DPP

The Future of Localization Rowan de Pomerai, DPP

It Is Time We Had a Conversation About Security in Our Industry Chuck Parker, Sohonet (Moderator); Terri Davies, Trusted Partner Network, Motion Picture Association; Ted Harrington, ISE

Why Being Green is Not Black and White Mark Harrison, DPP (Moderator); Barbara Lange, Kibo121; Cedric Lejeune, Workflowers

Audience Preferences for the Style of Digital Twins Marvel Studios

MovieLabs 2030 Vision Update

The Truth About Overhauling the DMSC Dan Germain, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Moderator); Bill Baggelaar, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Greg Geier, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Hai Dao, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Adam Miller, Nomad; John Hurst, CineCert

Web3 Movie Experience Michelle Munson, Eluvio

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Ron Ames, Producer; Jesse Kobayashi, visual effects

Remote, Mobile, and Live Workflow Innovation Updates Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group (Moderator)

Transforming Broadcasters to Media Companies with Advanced Technologies Hans Hoffman, European Broadcasting Union

SMPTE Update David Grindle, Executive Director, SMPTE

Thursday, February 23

MovieLabs Showcase

Does Everything Really Belong in the Cloud? Chris Lennon, Ross Video (Moderator); Thomas Burns, Dell; Renard Jenkins, Warner Bros. Discovery; Jamie Duemo, Amazon Web Services

Considerations for Creative in the Cloud Bastien Minniti, Amazon Studios

Real-World Production Tips for Implementing Virtual Production Addy Ghani, disguise

MSG Sphere Studios: Capture, Edit, Deliver in 16K Resolution Jeff Sengpiehl, Key Code Media

Restoration and Preservation Anthony Magliocco, EMTM

Year in Review of New AI/ML Developments for Media Production with a Concentration on Semantic Search Rob Gonsalves, Avid

What About Legacy SDR Content in the New HDR World? Bill Feightner, Colorfront; Tom Graham, Dolby

LiDAR and Digital Twin Technologies Ryan Metcalfe, Preevue

Textures feature of the Alexa 35 Tamara Seybold, ARRI

Post-Retreat Treat: The Origins of Subscription Home Entertainment Mark Schubin

Changes to the program and speakers may occur and will be noted on the HPA website.

The Innovation Zone, a highlight of the Tech Retreat and an evolution of the famous HPA Tech Retreat demo room, has grown significantly and will include groundbreaking presentations and demos beyond the walls of the traditional Innovation Zone space. Three of the four days of the Tech Retreat also feature dynamic breakfast roundtables with industry leading companies and experts speaking and leading discussions on a broad variety of topics of interest.

Intentionally set in the desert, out of reach of the day-to-day demands of working life, the Tech Retreat fosters convivial and challenging conversations and desirable circumstances for professional networking. The schedule for the entire event is available at and will be updated regularly.

The Tech Retreat is a limited attendance event and is expected to sell out once again, as it does every year. Details for the Supersession and TR-X will be announced shortly.

Seth Hallen, president of HPA, said, There's always great anticipation leading up to the reveal of each year's main program lineup, and this year's sessions deserve all the hype. I personally can't wait to hear about these important topics, and meet the panelists and our attendees. Members of the HPA community constantly remind us how much they look forward to the Tech Retreat which many call the most informative and collaborative event in our industry. February has become the heart of the technology calendar and I look forward to seeing our community in Palm Springs.

Registration is now open for the 2023 HPA Tech Retreat, which takes place thanks to the generosity of diamond title sponsor Adobe; platinum sponsors AMD, AWS, and Berkeley Communications; after party sponsor Ateliere; connectivity sponsor Sohonet; silver sponsors 6P Color, Epic Games, and Key Code Media; event sponsors ARRI, Dell Technologies, Panavision, and Signiant; and star sponsor Avid. For information on sponsoring the 2023 HPA Tech Retreat, please contact Joyce Cataldo at For more information about the HPA Tech Retreat, visit
See more stories from hpa

More from Hollywood Post Alliance


Spectra Logic Partners with Wasabi Technologies to Deliver Unparalleled Data Optimization Across Cloud and Hybrid Environments

Spectra Logic, a leader in data management and data storage solutions, has annou...


The Sally Menke Editing Fellowship will begin accepting applications starting Wednesday, March 1

The Sally Menke Editing Fellowship is entering its lucky 13th year and their app...


Hollywood Professional Association Announces its 2023 Young Entertainment Professionals Class

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) is proud to announce the HPA Young ...



The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat has announced details for the 2023 Supersession, which will present an original, immersive look at the...


Award-Winning Colorist Natasha Leonnet Joins Picture Shop

Picture Shop, Streamland Media's picture division, has announced that renowned artist Natasha Leonnet has joined its talent roster as a senior colorist. Leo...


EuroHockey Indoor Championships Broadcast with ATEM Constellation 8K

Blackmagic Design has announced that the EuroHockey Indoor Championships relied on an acquisition, control and delivery workflow based on Blackmagic Design hard...


Cinema Audio Society Announces 59th CAS Awards Nominations for Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing for 2022

The Cinema Audio Society has announced its nominees in seven categories for the ...


Editor Ali Greer on 2022's Bountiful Harvest

By Christine Bunish Most of us strive to achieve balance in our professional and personal lives, and Ali Greer appears to have succeeded balancing her inside ...


HPA's 2022 Growth to Fuel a Strong 2023

By Debra Kaufman One month into 2023, HPA is already fully engaged in evolving its programs and initiatives to meet the community's interests and needs. Pr...


American Society of Cinematographers Announces 2023 Nominees

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced Outstanding Achievement Award nominees in feature film, documentary and television categories. Winn...


Tom Cruise to Present Jerry Bruckheimer with the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Filmmaker Award

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) has announced that Tom Cruise will be am...


HPA Tech Retreat Announces Monday TR-X Program

Details, speakers and a keynote for the first day of the HPA Tech Retreat, Monday's TR-X, have been unveiled. TR-X is a focused exploration of topics of par...


Picture Shop Officially Opens New Dailies Facility at Pinewood Studios

Picture Shop, Streamland Media's picture division, has officially opened the doors of its new, 4,000 square-foot dailies facility on the historic Pinewood S...


Visual Effects Society Announces Nancy Ward as New Executive Director

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry's global professional honorary society, has announced Nancy Ward has been selected as the Society's new E...


15 Minutes with Wendy Aylsworth

Wendy Aylsworth has spent over 30 years in entertainment technology, bringing emerging technologies into production and distribution usage. A Lifetime Fellow, f...


American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Viola Davis with Board of Governors Award

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will recognize Oscar Award-winni...


SMPTE, MovieLabs, and EBU Publish Media in the Cloud: Ontology and Semantic Web Technology Navigation Guide'

SMPTE has collaborated with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and MovieLabs...


Colorfront support for AWS CDI unlocks new potential for cloud-based visual effects and content creation

Colorfront ( - the multi-award-winning developer of high-performa...


Motion Picture Sound Editors to Honor Supervising Sound Editor Gwendolyn Yates Whittle with Career Achievement Award

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) has announced that it will honor two-tim...


WMX Taps Zype to Help Launch its First FAST Channels

Leading video API and infrastructure platform Zype has successfully helped WMX (Warner Music Experience) launch multiple free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) c...


Polly Morgan's Cinematic Journey

By Adrian Pennington Who doesn't love an historical epic? says Polly Morgan, BSC, ASC. Especially one wrapped up in so much action and drama and heart a...


LucidLink and EVS Partner to Cloud Enable Live Sports, Entertainment, and Breaking News Production Workflows

LucidLink, a global leader in cloud file services for content collaboration, has...


Grierson British Documentary Awards: the winners

The Netflix documentary on controversial rapper Kanye West jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy landed two awards at the 50th Grierson British Documentary Awards. The wi...


HPA Tech Retreat Unveils Main Conference Program

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced details for the main conference program of the upcoming 2023 HPA Tech Retreat, now in its 28th year. ...


HPA Awards Announce Creative Categories Winners and Special Honors at Annual Gala

The HPA Awards returned to the historic Hollywood Legion Theater tonight to cele...


Object Matrix Announces Extended Hybrid Workflow Options

Object Matrix has announced a successful update of the MatrixStore Hybrid workflow toolset to include integrations to AWS - S3 and Glacier, Microsoft Azure - Ho...


Trusted Partner Network Updates Motion Picture Association Content Security Best Practices

The Trusted Partner Network, the content security initiative operated by the Mot...


American Cinema Editors (ACE) Announces Eligibility Dates, Ceremony Venue and Voting Timeline for the 73rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards

To be eligible to compete television and film entries must have aired during the...


Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 Pen Display Engineered for Harmony

Wacom has announced the Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 pen display, a creative instrument defined and developed by members of the global art and design community in conjun...


Blackmagic Design Announces New Lower Price for ATEM Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design has announced a new lower price for ATEM Mini Pro live production switchers. The ATEM Mini Pro is now reduced to US$295 and the ATEM Mini Pro ...


Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve for iPad

Blackmagic Design has announced DaVinci Resolve for iPad, so creators can extend video workflows in new ways and new places. Optimized for MultiTouch technology...


Wasabi Technologies Expands Low-Cost Cloud Storage Solutions for Media Archives with Support for Telestream DIVA

Wasabi Technologies, the hot cloud storage company, today announced the integrat...


Welcoming Documentary/Nonfiction to HPA Awards Craft Categories

Nothing happens on the HPA Awards front without careful consideration by the Awards committee, staff and finally the HPA Board of Directors. This year, the incr...


Invaders from Mars Will Receive Inaugural HPA Awards Restoration Honor

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee has announced that Ignite Films will receive the inaugural Jury Award for Restoration and Preserva...



The HPA Awards Committee today announced nominees for the 2022 HPA Awards creative categories. Recognized as the standard bearer for creative accomplishment and...


Object Matrix partners with Pebble for efficient multi-channel playout

Object Matrix has partnered with Pebble, a leader in the highly specialized and mission-critical field of broadcast playout automation. The integrated solution...


HPA Opens Call for Applications for Young Entertainment Professionals Program

Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has opened the call for applications for its 2023 Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program, which supports the c...


Convergent Recruits Jason Shea in Expansion of its AppSec Services

Convergent has announced a further expansion of its application security services with the recruitment of Jason Shea, who joins as Senior Director, Application ...


ICG Magazine TV Issue

Just in time for Emmys season, the ICG Magazine August TV Issue highlights the brand-new thriller (co-executively produced by Robert Redford) from AMC Networks ...


Catching Up with Phil Kubel

By Debra Kaufman What can we look forward to at the 2022 HPA Awards? Over the past 17 years, the HPA Awards have recognized our amazing industry and the talen...


Sky Studios Elstree Chooses Xytech's Industry-Leading Resource Management Solution for New Film & TV Facility

First announced in 2019 and opening its doors fully later this year, Sky Studi...


Wasabi Technologies Adds Signiant Jet File Acceleration Services To All Storage Regions Globally

Wasabi Technologies, the hot cloud storage company, has announced that its joint...


2022 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence Winners Announced

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2022 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence. The awards will be bes...


HPA Issues Call for Proposals for 2023 Tech Retreat

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has issued a call for proposals for the main program and breakfast roundtables for the 2023 HPA Tech Retreat. The e...


ClearView Pivot Wins 2022 Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Award

Sohonet, the global experts in remote collaboration, connectivity, on-set communications and network security for the media and entertainment industry, has been...


Televisin Nacional de Chile (TVN) replaces LTO archive with MatrixStore object storage

Object Matrix has announced that Televisi n Nacional de Chile (TVN), a Chilean p...


Mo-Sys Academy Virtual Production Courses Announced

Mo-Sys Academy has announced new virtual production courses aimed at closing the skills gap in the virtual production sector as it faces surging demand for trai...